BMW has initiated the launch of its striking new CE 04 electric scooter in Europe, adopting styling from prior concepts, and battery technology used by the company’s new iX four-wheeler EV. The company CEO, Oliver Zipse, proclaimed that “all future new BMW Motorrad models for urban mobility will be pure electric.”
BMW’s CE 04 is the production version of the Definition CE 04 concept of 2020, featuring a carryover design and connectivity solutions, optimised for urban
Powered by a 31kW motor, the CE 04 gets from 0 to 50km/h in 2.6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 120km/h. The motor is sparked by an 8.9kWh battery pack,
offering range of 130 kilometres.
Its permanent magnet electric motor is liquid cooled, and mounted in the frame between the battery and the rear wheel. Each ride mode offers energy recuperation
for enhanced range.
The lithium-ion battery can be recharged at home or at a public charging station. The base 2.3kW charger needs four hours and twenty minutes to
fully recharge an empty pack. Using a 6.9kW wallbox, charging time is 1 hour and 40 minutes, while a 20-80 per cent partial recharge takes 45 minutes.
The base charger comes as standard with the BMW CE 04.
Traction control is standard on the CE 04, limiting engine torque if rear wheel slip is detected. There are also three ride modes, Eco, Rain and Road,
all self explanatory. A fourth optional Dynamic mode gives the best performance.
The front wheel is controlled by a telescopic fork while a covered spring strut handles rear suspension duties. Wheels are 15-inch units, and the front
is slowed by twin discs with antilock function. Corner braking control is an optional extra (ABS Pro).
Instruments comprise a 10.25-inch TFT colour screen which permits smartphone connectivity and relays satellite navigation information. Also up to speed
are the lights, all of which use LED technology. An option is an adaptive turning light that illuminates the corner for safer riding at night.
Innovative styling includes a “floating” seat, solid wheels and an integrated side stand. An optional Avantgarde style mixes grey bodywork with a black/orange
seat, and an orange wind deflector.
Being a scooter, it has special storage compartments, one for a helmet, another for phone charging, with a USB-C port.
As to whether the CE 04 makes it to New Zealand, initially the short answer is nein, though in future that decision may be revisited.